Last year, Adobe shocked us all by allowing users to purchase their software on a month-by-month basis. This year, they’ve taken it to a whole new level with the new Creative Cloud.
“This is awesome! It now puts the Creative Suite in reach for those of us who need it and can’t afford to purchase it. Great job Adobe!” – Suztv
With the announcement of Creative Suite 6 this morning, Adobe has also introduced Creative Cloud, a subscription service that not only gives you access to the Adobe Master Collection, but also to cloud-based storage, publishing tools, and updates to your applications as they’re released! Let’s break down what your $49.99 per month ($29.99 for current customers) is getting you.
You’ve probably been playing around with the Photoshop CS6 Beta for the last few weeks, which has given you a slight glimpse as to what’s included in Creative Suite 6 this year. In addition to Photoshop CS6 Extended, you will have access to 18 of Adobe’s desktop apps, with no limitations! Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, the list goes on!
In addition to the desktop apps that you’ll have access to, you can also download the touch apps that are available for iPad and Android devices. What’s even better, is the fact that Creative Cloud creates a seamless experience when transitioning between touch and desktop apps. When you’re finished working on a project on your mobile device, simply hop over to your desktop, and continue your work.
With all these apps at your disposal, you’re doing to be creating some pretty incredible work. Of course, you’re going to want to share your work with your friends, family, and clients. Creative Cloud makes this process simple. With automatic cloud storage, you can access your files from any device, in any location, and easily share them for review. You can allow comments, downloads, and even set bandwidth limits! Sharing has never been easier with Creative Cloud.
Sharing your work with automatic cloud storage is great, but what about at a more global level? Creative Cloud also allows you to publish up to five websites! Whether you want a simple personal portfolio, or a site to keep your business afloat, Creative Cloud makes it easy! Adobe Muse lets you design and launch your website, even if you have no coding knowledge at all!
You’re also given access to the Adobe Typekit collection. Finally you can move away from the boring standard fonts that you’ve been staring at for years! Jazz up your website without worrying about browser compatibility or licensing mumbo jumbo.
Finally, coming soon to Creative Cloud, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite will allow you to create and deliver great digital content from portfolios and brochures without any coding knowledge. Once created, you can share them with friends, or even sell them in the Apple App Store!
When I signed up for my Creative Cloud membership, I noticed something that sparked my attention. Usually, when buying Adobe software, it asks if you are purchasing for Windows or Mac. Adobe has traditionally only allowed you to use a single license for one operating system. This meant, that if you wanted to run Photoshop on your Windows machine, as well as your Mac, you would need to purchase two licenses!
However, when signing up for Creative Cloud, it didn’t give me this option. It simply said: Mac/Win. Being curious, I asked one of Adobe’s employees over Twitter:
Now, while you can still only run your applications on two machines, as a Creative Cloud member, you have access to both the Windows and Mac versions! This is big news!
Creative Cloud runs $49.99 per month on a one-year plan, or $79.99 on a month-to-month basis. Adobe is also offering students and current CS customers a $20 discount, some conditions apply!
If you’re going to be using several CS6 applications, Creative Cloud is a no brainer. Even without the cloud storage, file syncing, hosting, and publishing tools, the fact that you have access to the whole Master Collection for $29.99 or $49.99 per month is worth every penny. For current customers, that’s $360 for the year! Compare that to the $2600 that you would be paying for the Master Collection! My order is already in!